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Lamentations 4


1  How349 is the gold2091 become dim!6004 how is the most2896 fine gold3800 changed!8132 the stones68 of the sanctuary6944 are poured out8210 in the top7218 of every3605 street.2351

2  The precious3368 sons1121 of Zion,6726 comparable5537 to fine gold,6337 how349 are they esteemed2803 as earthen2789 pitchers,5035 the work4639 of the hands3027 of the potter!3335

3  Even1571 the sea monsters8565 draw out2502 the breast,7699 they give suck3243 to their young ones:1482 the daughter1323 of my people5971 is become cruel,393 like the ostriches3283 in the wilderness.4057

4  The tongue3956 of the sucking child3243 cleaveth1692 to413 the roof of his mouth2441 for thirst:6772 the young children5768 ask7592 bread,3899 and no man369 breaketh6566 it unto them.

5  They that did feed398 delicately4574 are desolate8074 in the streets:2351 they that were brought up539 in5921 scarlet8438 embrace2263 dunghills.830

6  For the punishment of the iniquity5771 of the daughter1323 of my people5971 is greater1431 than the punishment of the sin4480 2403 of Sodom,5467 that was overthrown2015 as in3644 a moment,7281 and no3808 hands3027 stayed2342 on her.

7  Her Nazarites5139 were purer2141 than snow,4480 7950 they were whiter6705 than milk,4480 2461 they were more ruddy119 in body6106 than rubies,4480 6443 their polishing1508 was of sapphire:5601

8  Their visage8389 is blacker2821 than a coal;4480 7815 they are not3808 known5234 in the streets:2351 their skin5785 cleaveth6821 to5921 their bones;6106 it is withered,3001 it is become1961 like a stick.6086

9  They that be slain2491 with the sword2719 are1961 better2896 than they that be slain4480 2491 with hunger:7458 for these7945 1992 pine away,2100 stricken through1856 for want of the fruits4480 8570 of the field.7704

10  The hands3027 of the pitiful7362 women802 have sodden1310 their own children:3206 they were1961 their meat1262 in the destruction7667 of the daughter1323 of my people.5971

11  The LORD3068 hath accomplished3615 853 his fury;2534 he hath poured out8210 his fierce2740 anger,639 and hath kindled3341 a fire784 in Zion,6726 and it hath devoured398 the foundations3247 thereof.

12  The kings4428 of the earth,776 and all3605 the inhabitants3427 of the world,8398 would not3808 have believed539 that3588 the adversary6862 and the enemy341 should have entered935 into the gates8179 of Jerusalem.3389

13  For the sins4480 2403 of her prophets,5030 and the iniquities5771 of her priests,3548 that have shed8210 the blood1818 of the just6662 in the midst7130 of her,

14  They have wandered5128 as blind5787 men in the streets,2351 they have polluted1351 themselves with blood,1818 so that men could3201 not3808 touch5060 their garments.3830

15  They cried7121 unto them, Depart5493 ye; it is unclean;2931 depart,5493 depart,5493 touch5060 not:408 when3588 they fled away5132 and1571 wandered,5128 they said559 among the heathen,1471 They shall no3808 more3254 sojourn1481 there.

16  The anger6440 of the LORD3068 hath divided2505 them; he will no3808 more3254 regard5027 them: they respected5375 not3808 the persons6440 of the priests,3548 they favored2603 not3808 the elders.2205

17  As for us, our eyes5869 as yet5750 failed3615 for413 our vain1892 help:5833 in our watching6836 we have watched6822 for413 a nation1471 that could not3808 save3467 us.

18  They hunt6679 our steps,6806 that we cannot go4480 1980 in our streets:7339 our end7093 is near,7126 our days3117 are fulfilled;4390 for3588 our end7093 is come.935

19  Our persecutors7291 are1961 swifter7031 than the eagles4480 5404 of the heaven:8064 they pursued1814 us upon5921 the mountains,2022 they laid wait693 for us in the wilderness.4057

20  The breath7307 of our nostrils,639 the anointed4899 of the LORD,3068 was taken3920 in their pits,7825 of whom834 we said,559 Under his shadow6738 we shall live2421 among the heathen.1471

21  Rejoice7797 and be glad,8055 O daughter1323 of Edom,123 that dwellest3427 in the land776 of Uz;5780 the cup3563 also1571 shall pass through5674 unto5921 thee: thou shalt be drunken,7937 and shalt make thyself naked.6168

22  The punishment of thine iniquity5771 is accomplished,8552 O daughter1323 of Zion;6726 he will no3808 more3254 carry thee away into captivity:1540 he will visit6485 thine iniquity,5771 O daughter1323 of Edom;123 he will discover1540 5921 thy sins.2403


1 πῶς ἀμαυρωθήσεται χρυσίον ἀλλοιωθήσεται τὸ ἀργύριον τὸ ἀγαθόν ἐξεχύθησαν λίθοι ἅγιοι ἐπ᾽ ἀρχῆς πασῶν ἐξόδων

2 υἱοὶ Σιων οἱ τίμιοι οἱ ἐπηρμένοι ἐν χρυσίῳ πῶς ἐλογίσθησαν εἰς ἀγγεῖα ὀστράκινα ἔργα χειρῶν κεραμέως

3 καί γε δράκοντες ἐξέδυσαν μαστούς ἐθήλασαν σκύμνοι αὐτῶν θυγατέρες λαοῦ μου εἰς ἀνίατον ὡς στρουθίον ἐν ἐρήμῳ

4 ἐκολλήθη ἡ γλῶσσα θηλάζοντος πρὸς τὸν φάρυγγα αὐτοῦ ἐν δίψει νήπια ᾔτησαν ἄρτον ὁ διακλῶν οὐκ ἔστιν αὐτοῖς

5 οἱ ἔσθοντες τὰς τρυφὰς ἠφανίσθησαν ἐν ταῖς ἐξόδοις οἱ τιθηνούμενοι ἐπὶ κόκκων περιεβάλοντο κοπρίας

6 καὶ ἐμεγαλύνθη ἀνομία θυγατρὸς λαοῦ μου ὑπὲρ ἀνομίας Σοδομων τῆς κατεστραμμένης ὥσπερ σπουδῇ καὶ οὐκ ἐπόνεσαν ἐν αὐτῇ χεῖρας

7 ἐκαθαριώθησαν ναζιραῖοι αὐτῆς ὑπὲρ χιόνα ἔλαμψαν ὑπὲρ γάλα ἐπυρρώθησαν ὑπὲρ λίθους σαπφείρου τὸ ἀπόσπασμα αὐτῶν

8 ἐσκότασεν ὑπὲρ ἀσβόλην τὸ εἶδος αὐτῶν οὐκ ἐπεγνώσθησαν ἐν ταῖς ἐξόδοις ἐπάγη δέρμα αὐτῶν ἐπὶ τὰ ὀστέα αὐτῶν ἐξηράνθησαν ἐγενήθησαν ὥσπερ ξύλον

9 καλοὶ ἦσαν οἱ τραυματίαι ῥομφαίας ἢ οἱ τραυματίαι λιμοῦ ἐπορεύθησαν ἐκκεκεντημένοι ἀπὸ γενημάτων ἀγρῶν

10 χεῖρες γυναικῶν οἰκτιρμόνων ἥψησαν τὰ παιδία αὐτῶν ἐγενήθησαν εἰς βρῶσιν αὐταῖς ἐν τῷ συντρίμματι τῆς θυγατρὸς λαοῦ μου

11 συνετέλεσεν κύριος θυμὸν αὐτοῦ ἐξέχεεν θυμὸν ὀργῆς αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀνῆψεν πῦρ ἐν Σιων καὶ κατέφαγεν τὰ θεμέλια αὐτῆς

12 οὐκ ἐπίστευσαν βασιλεῖς γῆς πάντες οἱ κατοικοῦντες τὴν οἰκουμένην ὅτι εἰσελεύσεται ἐχθρὸς καὶ ἐκθλίβων διὰ τῶν πυλῶν Ιερουσαλημ

13 ἐξ ἁμαρτιῶν προφητῶν αὐτῆς ἀδικιῶν ἱερέων αὐτῆς τῶν ἐκχεόντων αἷμα δίκαιον ἐν μέσῳ αὐτῆς

14 ἐσαλεύθησαν ἐγρήγοροι αὐτῆς ἐν ταῖς ἐξόδοις ἐμολύνθησαν ἐν αἵματι ἐν τῷ μὴ δύνασθαι αὐτοὺς ἥψαντο ἐνδυμάτων αὐτῶν

15 ἀπόστητε ἀκαθάρτων καλέσατε αὐτούς ἀπόστητε ἀπόστητε μὴ ἅπτεσθε ὅτι ἀνήφθησαν καί γε ἐσαλεύθησαν εἴπατε ἐν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν οὐ μὴ προσθῶσιν τοῦ παροικεῖν

16 πρόσωπον κυρίου μερὶς αὐτῶν οὐ προσθήσει ἐπιβλέψαι αὐτοῖς πρόσωπον ἱερέων οὐκ ἔλαβον πρεσβύτας οὐκ ἠλέησαν

17 ἔτι ὄντων ἡμῶν ἐξέλιπον οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ ἡμῶν εἰς τὴν βοήθειαν ἡμῶν μάταια ἀποσκοπευόντων ἡμῶν ἀπεσκοπεύσαμεν εἰς ἔθνος οὐ σῷζον

18 ἐθηρεύσαμεν μικροὺς ἡμῶν τοῦ μὴ πορεύεσθαι ἐν ταῖς πλατείαις ἡμῶν ἤγγικεν ὁ καιρὸς ἡμῶν ἐπληρώθησαν αἱ ἡμέραι ἡμῶν πάρεστιν ὁ καιρὸς ἡμῶν

19 κοῦφοι ἐγένοντο οἱ διώκοντες ἡμᾶς ὑπὲρ ἀετοὺς οὐρανοῦ ἐπὶ τῶν ὀρέων ἐξήφθησαν ἐν ἐρήμῳ ἐνήδρευσαν ἡμᾶς

20 πνεῦμα προσώπου ἡμῶν χριστὸς κυρίου συνελήμφθη ἐν ταῖς διαφθοραῖς αὐτῶν οὗ εἴπαμεν ἐν τῇ σκιᾷ αὐτοῦ ζησόμεθα ἐν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν

21 χαῖρε καὶ εὐφραίνου θύγατερ Ιδουμαίας ἡ κατοικοῦσα ἐπὶ γῆς καί γε ἐπὶ σὲ διελεύσεται τὸ ποτήριον κυρίου καὶ μεθυσθήσῃ καὶ ἀποχεεῖς

22 ἐξέλιπεν ἡ ἀνομία σου θύγατερ Σιων οὐ προσθήσει ἔτι ἀποικίσαι σε ἐπεσκέψατο ἀνομίας σου θύγατερ Εδωμ ἀπεκάλυψεν ἐπὶ τὰ ἀσεβήματά σου


‎1 ‏אֵיכָה֙ יוּעַ֣ם זָהָ֔ב יִשְׁנֶ֖א הַכֶּ֣תֶם הַטּ֑וֹב תִּשְׁתַּפֵּ֙כְנָה֙ אַבְנֵי־קֹ֔דֶשׁ בְּרֹ֖אשׁ כָּל־חוּצֽוֹת׃ ס

‎2 ‏בְּנֵ֤י צִיּוֹן֙ הַיְקָרִ֔ים הַמְסֻלָּאִ֖ים בַּפָּ֑ז אֵיכָ֤ה נֶחְשְׁבוּ֙ לְנִבְלֵי־חֶ֔רֶשׂ מַעֲשֵׂ֖ה יְדֵ֥י יוֹצֵֽר׃ ס

‎3 ‏גַּם־תנין תַּנִּים֙ חָ֣לְצוּ שַׁ֔ד הֵינִ֖יקוּ גּוּרֵיהֶ֑ן בַּת־עַמִּ֣י לְאַכְזָ֔ר כי ענים כַּיְעֵנִ֖ים בַּמִּדְבָּֽר׃ ס

‎4 ‏דָּבַ֨ק לְשׁ֥וֹן יוֹנֵ֛ק אֶל־חִכּ֖וֹ בַּצָּמָ֑א עֽוֹלָלִים֙ שָׁ֣אֲלוּ לֶ֔חֶם פֹּרֵ֖שׂ אֵ֥ין לָהֶֽם׃ ס

‎5 ‏הָאֹֽכְלִים֙ לְמַ֣עֲדַנִּ֔ים נָשַׁ֖מּוּ בַּחוּצ֑וֹת הָאֱמֻנִים֙ עֲלֵ֣י תוֹלָ֔ע חִבְּק֖וּ אַשְׁפַּתּֽוֹת׃ ס

‎6 ‏וַיִּגְדַּל֙ עֲוֹ֣ן בַּת־עַמִּ֔י מֵֽחַטַּ֖את סְדֹ֑ם הַֽהֲפוּכָ֣ה כְמוֹ־רָ֔גַע וְלֹא־חָ֥לוּ בָ֖הּ יָדָֽיִם׃ ס

‎7 ‏זַכּ֤וּ נְזִירֶ֙יהָ֙ מִשֶּׁ֔לֶג צַח֖וּ מֵחָלָ֑ב אָ֤דְמוּ עֶ֙צֶם֙ מִפְּנִינִ֔ים סַפִּ֖יר גִּזְרָתָֽם׃ ס

‎8 ‏חָשַׁ֤ךְ מִשְּׁחוֹר֙ תָּֽאֳרָ֔ם לֹ֥א נִכְּר֖וּ בַּחוּצ֑וֹת צָפַ֤ד עוֹרָם֙ עַל־עַצְמָ֔ם יָבֵ֖שׁ הָיָ֥ה כָעֵֽץ׃ ס

‎9 ‏טוֹבִ֤ים הָיוּ֙ חַלְלֵי־חֶ֔רֶב מֵֽחַלְלֵ֖י רָעָ֑ב שֶׁ֣הֵ֤ם יָז֙וּבוּ֙ מְדֻקָּרִ֔ים מִתְּנוּבֹ֖ת שָׂדָֽי׃ ס

‎10 ‏יְדֵ֗י נָשִׁים֙ רַחֲמָ֣נִיּ֔וֹת בִּשְּׁל֖וּ יַלְדֵיהֶ֑ן הָי֤וּ לְבָרוֹת֙ לָ֔מוֹ בְּשֶׁ֖בֶר בַּת־עַמִּֽי׃ ס

‎11 ‏כִּלָּ֤ה יְהוָה֙ אֶת־חֲמָת֔וֹ שָׁפַ֖ךְ חֲר֣וֹן אַפּ֑וֹ וַיַּצֶּת־אֵ֣שׁ בְּצִיּ֔וֹן וַתֹּ֖אכַל יְסוֹדֹתֶֽיהָ׃ ס

‎12 ‏לֹ֤א הֶאֱמִ֙ינוּ֙ מַלְכֵי־אֶ֔רֶץ וכל כֹּ֖ל יֹשְׁבֵ֣י תֵבֵ֑ל כִּ֤י יָבֹא֙ צַ֣ר וְאוֹיֵ֔ב בְּשַׁעֲרֵ֖י יְרוּשָׁלִָֽם׃ ס

‎13 ‏מֵֽחַטֹּ֣את נְבִיאֶ֔יהָ עֲוֹנ֖וֹת כֹּהֲנֶ֑יהָ הַשֹּׁפְכִ֥ים בְּקִרְבָּ֖הּ דַּ֥ם צַדִּיקִֽים׃ ס

‎14 ‏נָע֤וּ עִוְרִים֙ בַּֽחוּצ֔וֹת נְגֹֽאֲל֖וּ בַּדָּ֑ם בְּלֹ֣א יֽוּכְל֔וּ יִגְּע֖וּ בִּלְבֻשֵׁיהֶֽם׃ ס

‎15 ‏ס֣וּרוּ טָמֵ֞א קָ֣רְאוּ לָ֗מוֹ ס֤וּרוּ ס֙וּרוּ֙ אַל־תִּגָּ֔עוּ כִּ֥י נָצ֖וּ גַּם־נָ֑עוּ אָֽמְרוּ֙ בַּגּוֹיִ֔ם לֹ֥א יוֹסִ֖יפוּ לָגֽוּר׃ ס

‎16 ‏פְּנֵ֤י יְהוָה֙ חִלְּקָ֔ם לֹ֥א יוֹסִ֖יף לְהַבִּיטָ֑ם פְּנֵ֤י כֹהֲנִים֙ לֹ֣א נָשָׂ֔אוּ זקנים וּזְקֵנִ֖יםm לֹ֥א חָנָֽנוּ׃ ס

‎17 ‏עודינה עוֹדֵ֙ינוּ֙ תִּכְלֶ֣ינָה עֵינֵ֔ינוּ אֶל־עֶזְרָתֵ֖נוּ הָ֑בֶל בְּצִפִּיָּתֵ֣נוּ צִפִּ֔ינוּ אֶל־גּ֖וֹי לֹ֥א יוֹשִֽׁעַ׃ ס

‎18 ‏צָד֣וּ צְעָדֵ֔ינוּ מִלֶּ֖כֶת בִּרְחֹבֹתֵ֑ינוּ קָרַ֥ב קִצֵּ֛ינוּ מָלְא֥וּ יָמֵ֖ינוּ כִּי־בָ֥א קִצֵּֽינוּ׃ ס

‎19 ‏קַלִּ֤ים הָיוּ֙ רֹדְפֵ֔ינוּ מִנִּשְׁרֵ֖י שָׁמָ֑יִם עַל־הֶהָרִ֣ים דְּלָקֻ֔נוּ בַּמִּדְבָּ֖ר אָ֥רְבוּ לָֽנוּ׃ ס

‎20 ‏ר֤וּחַ אַפֵּ֙ינוּ֙ מְשִׁ֣יחַ יְהוָ֔ה נִלְכַּ֖ד בִּשְׁחִיתוֹתָ֑ם אֲשֶׁ֣ר אָמַ֔רְנוּ בְּצִלּ֖וֹ נִֽחְיֶ֥ה בַגּוֹיִֽם׃ ס

‎21 ‏שִׂ֤ישִׂי וְשִׂמְחִי֙ בַּת־אֱד֔וֹם יושבתי יוֹשֶׁ֖בֶת בְּאֶ֣רֶץ ע֑וּץ גַּם־עָלַ֙יִךְ֙ תַּעֲבָר־כּ֔וֹס תִּשְׁכְּרִ֖י וְתִתְעָרִֽי׃ ס

‎22 ‏תַּם־עֲוֹנֵךְ֙ בַּת־צִיּ֔וֹן לֹ֥א יוֹסִ֖יף לְהַגְלוֹתֵ֑ךְ פָּקַ֤ד עֲוֹנֵךְ֙ בַּת־אֱד֔וֹם גִּלָּ֖ה עַל־חַטֹּאתָֽיִךְ׃ פ


1 [Quomodo obscuratum est aurum,
mutatus est color optimus!
dispersi sunt lapides sanctuarii
in capite omnium platearum!

Filii Sion inclyti,
et amicti auro primo:
quomodo reputati sunt in vasa testea,
opus manuum figuli!

Sed et lamiæ nudaverunt mammam,
lactaverunt catulos suos:
filia populi mei crudelis
quasi struthio in deserto.

Adhæsit lingua lactentis
ad palatum ejus in siti;
parvuli petierunt panem,
et non erat qui frangeret eis.

Qui vescebantur voluptuose,
interierunt in viis;
qui nutriebantur in croceis,
amplexati sunt stercora.

Et major effecta est iniquitas filiæ populi mei
peccato Sodomorum,
quæ subversa est in momento,
et non ceperunt in ea manus.

Candidiores Nazaræi ejus nive,
nitidiores lacte,
rubicundiores ebore antiquo,
sapphiro pulchriores.

Denigrata est super carbones facies eorum
et non sunt cogniti in plateis;
adhæsit cutis eorum ossibus:
aruit, et facta est quasi lignum.

Melius fuit occisis gladio
quam interfectis fame,
quoniam isti extabuerunt consumpti
a sterilitate terræ.

10 Manus mulierum misericordium
coxerunt filios suos;
facti sunt cibus earum
in contritione filiæ populi mei.

11 Complevit Dominus furorem suum,
effudit iram indignationis suæ:
et succendit ignem in Sion,
et devoravit fundamenta ejus.

12 Non crediderunt reges terræ,
et universi habitatores orbis,
quoniam ingrederetur hostis et inimicus
per portas Jerusalem.

13 Propter peccata prophetarum ejus,
et iniquitates sacerdotum ejus,
qui effuderunt in medio ejus
sanguinem justorum.

14 Erraverunt cæci in plateis,
polluti sunt in sanguine;
cumque non possent,
tenuerunt lacinias suas.

15 Recedite polluti, clamaverunt eis;
recedite, abite, nolite tangere:
jurgati quippe sunt, et commoti dixerunt inter gentes:
Non addet ultra ut habitet in eis.

16 Facies Domini divisit eos,
non addet ut respiciat eos;
facies sacerdotum non erubuerunt,
neque senum miserti sunt.

17 Cum adhuc subsisteremus, defecerunt oculi nostri
ad auxilium nostrum vanum;
cum respiceremus attenti ad gentem
quæ salvare non poterat.

18 Lubricaverunt vestigia nostra
in itinere platearum nostrarum;
appropinquavit finis noster, completi sunt dies nostri,
quia venit finis noster.

19 Velociores fuerunt persecutores nostri
aquilis cæli;
super montes persecuti sunt nos,
in deserto insidiati sunt nobis.

20 Spiritus oris nostri, christus Dominus,
captus est in peccatis nostris,
cui diximus: In umbra tua
vivemus in gentibus.

21 Gaude et lætare, filia Edom,
quæ habitas in terra Hus!
ad te quoque perveniet calix: inebriaberis,
atque nudaberis.

22 Completa est iniquitas tua, filia Sion:
non addet ultra ut transmigret te.
Visitavit iniquitatem tuam, filia Edom;
discooperuit peccata tua.]

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